Rancher Labs Launches Rancher to Provide Complete Container Management for the Enterprise

Now generally available, Rancher is the first open-source container management platform to support both Kubernetes and Docker Swarm and makes it possible to run containers in production

CUPERTINO, Calif.--()--Rancher Labs, a provider of container management software, today announced the general availability of Rancher, open-source container management software that makes it easy to deploy and manage containers in production. With Rancher, organizations can accelerate all aspects of their software development pipeline, from writing and testing code to running complex microservices-based applications.

“Organizations are increasingly adopting containers to improve the development and delivery of all types of applications. With this surge of adoption, there is going to be a variety of container technologies and environments in play for any organization,” said Judith Hurwitz, President and CEO, Hurwitz & Associates. “The hurdle to date has been in finding a management platform that supports all of the major orchestration frameworks and can run on any cloud or on-premise infrastructure. Rancher Labs has adopted a compelling approach to addressing this problem with its platform.”

A Complete Management Platform That Accelerates Container Adoption in the Enterprise

Unlike other container management platforms, Rancher is easy to use, simple to set up and has a straightforward UI for managing applications and infrastructure. It allows teams to select from multiple container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Docker Swarm, while maintaining a single management experience. Rancher is the only container management platform to implement a cloud-agnostic infrastructure services layer that works across any public or private cloud, or traditional data center. The platform works across cloud and data center boundaries, and its load balancing and persistent storage services function uniformly on any computing resources.

Rancher allows organizations to gain visibility, manage policies and exert control of containers and infrastructure spread across different teams within an organization. It also enables IT to improve deployment reliability, orchestrate software upgrades, and improve the utilization of infrastructure resources.

Rancher provides organizations the following benefits:

  • cluster management – enables organizations to deploy and run an unlimited number of Kubernetes and Docker Swarm clusters;
  • a complete UI – making it possible for teams to deploy applications and get visibility into their container operations;
  • hybrid deployments – supporting infrastructure running on any public or private cloud, including both virtual and physical hosts;
  • critical infrastructure and security services – providing all of the services necessary for enterprise Docker deployments, such as host management, role-based access control, cross cloud networking, and persistent storage services; and,
  • powerful application catalog – providing organizations with a comprehensive self-service catalog for sharing Kubernetes and Docker Compose templates, automating application deployments and upgrades for complex application stacks such as Hadoop, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, etc.

“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO, Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”

DevOps teams use Rancher to automate all aspects of running containers throughout the application lifecycle. From developers writing code on their laptops, to building and packaging software, deploying test environments, and deploying and upgrading applications in production, Rancher allows DevOps teams to improve development velocity and reliability.

What Users Are Saying

"Rancher was the only product we found that could provide the enterprise-level access control and container orchestration we required, at an affordable cost. The Rancher developers have been helpful and responsive to our requests, and have been working with their user community to continually improve their software since we first installed it. With Rancher and Docker, we will be able to leverage the power of containers to improve workflow in development, research and teaching. ”

- Steve Shipway, IT Strategy & Design, The University of Auckland

“After trying a number of tools and approaches, we found that Rancher hits that sweet spot of providing powerful container orchestration capabilities without adding too many layers of complexity and additional concepts on top of Docker itself. This has helped prevent the learning curve from getting too steep and made the introduction of new development and deployment workflows much easier.”

- Luke Bennett, Customer Systems Development Manager, Bravissimo Ltd

"For enterprises that support diverse DevOps groups, it is imperative to provide visibility and manageability into the ecosystem. Rancher embraces this by following the Docker principal 'batteries included but removable.' Use any scheduler, overlay network or storage solution across multiple environments and disperse teams, and Rancher will provide the insight and control needed to wrangle cattle wherever they may roam."

- Kevin McGrath, CTO Architect, Sungard Availability Services

"We have been using Docker for a long time to support our need for both shared and consistent application deployments across a hybrid cloud+bare metal infrastructure. The key piece that was consistently missing (despite a lot of searching) was the marriage of infrastructure and application orchestration. We immediately saw the promise of Rancher after testing it early in their beta phase. We are now running 2 distributed production applications, along with several internal apps, fully managed through Rancher. The Rancher team’s professionalism and responsiveness to requests/inquiries/bug reports/etc has been outstanding and the product they have built has quickly become a cornerstone of our tech stack."

- Gilman Callsen, co-Founder and CTO, Pit Rho

"Rancher is the only tool on the market that provides the full spectrum of orchestration, ACL and UI while still being easy to install and simple to understand. The developers of Rancher come from thoughtful distributed systems companies and it shows in their product."

- Topper Bowers, Director of Engineering, Vitals

Product Information and Availability

For additional information on Rancher and to learn more about Rancher Labs and the company’s suite of open source products, please visit http://www.rancher.com.

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About Rancher Labs

Rancher Labs builds innovative, open-source container management software for enterprises leveraging containers to accelerate software development and improve IT operations. With native support for Docker Swarm and Kubernetes orchestration, our flagship Rancher platform allows users to manage all aspects of running containers in development and production environments. For additional information, please visit www.rancher.com.


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Release Summary

Now generally available, Rancher is the first open-source container management platform to support both Kubernetes and Docker Swarm and makes it possible to run containers in production.


Mindshare PR
Pam Robinson, 617-835-6906